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Rag Radio 2012-09-14 - Famed Texas Civil Rights & Labor Attorney David Richards

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Rag Radio 2012-09-14 - Famed Texas Civil Rights & Labor Attorney David Richards


Published September 14, 2012


David Richards is a Texas civil rights and labor lawyer who has argued extensively before the U.S. and Texas Supreme Courts. According to Texas Monthly magazine, Richards, who is the ex-husband of the late Texas Gov. Ann Richards, "has earned his place in Texas history" as "a rebel-rousing civil-rights lawyer who fought to make Texas just."

Among his more notable cases were ones that established single member legislative districts in Texas and that declared the Texas obscenity statute unconstitutional. In 1972, representing the ACLU before the U.S. Supreme Court, Richards won the right for the underground newspaper, The Rag, to be distributed on the University of Texas campus. He also sued the Dallas Police on behalf of Dallas Notes editor Stoney Burns who was busted for obscenity; worked to overturn a vagrancy statute that was used to bust hippies; and sued for the right of students to vote in college communities. Richards has also been an adjunct professor of law at the UT Law School; served as an attorney with the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights; was Executive Assistant Attorney General of Texas; and was General Counsel for the Texas AFL-CIO. Richards is the author of "Once Upon a Time in Texas: A Liberal in the Lone Star State."

Host and Producer of Rag Radio: Thorne Dreyer; Engineer and Co-Producer: Tracey Schulz. Rag Radio (koop.org/ragradio) is produced in the studios of KOOP 91.7-FM, an all-volunteer, cooperatively-run community radio station in Austin, Texas, in association with The Rag Blog (theragblog.blogspot.com) and the New Journalism Project, a Texas 501(c)(3) nonprofit. The show is broadcast (and streamed) live Fridays, 2-3 p.m. (Central) on KOOP, and is rebroadcast on WFTE-FM in Mt. Cobb and Scranton, PA., Sundays at 10 a.m. (Eastern). Contact: ragradio@koop.org. Running time: 53:31.


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